Anselm Kiefer, Bohemia Lies by the Sea

The conservator’s eye: Anselm Kiefer, Bohemia Lies by the Sea, 1996, oil, emulsion, shellac, charcoal, and powdered paint on burlap,  75 1/4 in. × 18 ft. 5 inches / 191.1 × 561.3 cm (The Metropolitan Museum of Art).  Speakers: Corey D’Augustine and Steven Zucker.


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German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer discusses the meanings behind some of his favorite materials, including straw, cow manure, and lead. He describes how he strives for fluidity and malleability in his work, though conservation can be a challenge.

Cite this page as: Corey D'Augustine and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Anselm Kiefer, Bohemia Lies by the Sea," in Smarthistory, September 7, 2018, accessed September 21, 2023,